The University of Maine women's ice hockey team dropped a 6-2 decision to the Boston Blades on Saturday night in the first exhibition game of the 2013-14 season. Rookie Eve Boissonneault (Sudbury, Ontario) scored both of Maine's goals in the game.
The Boston Blades struck first with a goal at 3:43 of the first period. Jillian Dempsey passed the puck to Jessica Koizumi in the slot. She one-timed the puck past Maine goalie Meghann Treacy. Rachel Llanes also assisted on the goal.
Maine answered back six minutes later. Kelsey MacSorley (Stratford, Ontario) fed Eve Boissonneault (Sudbury, Ontario) on the right wing. She had her shot tip off the glove of Boston Blades goalie and former Maine standout Brittany Ott and into the back of the net at 9:43.
The Black Bears took the lead at 12:53 when Emilie Brigham (Anok, Minnesota) made a nifty pass to Boissonneault, who scored her second goal of the frame.
The Boston Blades, however, answered right back when Llanes beat Treacy to knot the game at 2-2 just 19 seconds later. Jillian Dempsey assisted on the goal for the Boston Blades.
The Boston Blades took the lead with a power play goal at 6:28 of the second period. After having a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:30, Casey Pickett picked up the rebound of an Ashley Cottrell shot and beat Treacy. The Blades extended their lead to 4-2 at 7:59 of the second period on a goal by Christie Jenson.
The Blades made it 5-2 at 11:03 of the third period when Cottrell carried the puck up the ice before dishing off to Kelly Cook who beat Treacy. Koizumi made it a 6-2 final with a power play goal in the final minute of play.
Maine outshot the Blades 36-27 in the game. Treacy made 21 saves in goal for the Black Bears. Brittany Ott made 18 save in 34:55 for the Blades, while Alissa Fromkin played the final 25:05 and made 16 saves.
The two teams conclude their two-game series on Sunday. Puck drop is scheduled for 2 PM.